KLC School of Design

Introduction

KLC Welcomes International Students

London is the design hub of the world right now, with a rich mix of contrasting historic and cutting edge buildings and interiors – a vibrant and inspirational location to study interior design.

KLC is a unique, industry led centre of educational excellence with a long established reputation for providing innovative, career-focused interior design tuition. Based in the heart of London’s interior design industry at the leading Design Centre in Europe at Chelsea Harbour, the college has a long history of welcoming international students from all over the world.

KLC is a Tier 4 approved education provider with Highly Trusted Sponsor status and our admissions, welfare, teaching and career teams will support you from the first point of contact to your graduation and beyond. We will assist you with the visa process, help you to settle in and do everything possible to make you feel confident and secure. Our diverse groups of students forge lifelong interests and friendships and there is a real sense of community at the college. There is a range of flexible and accessible design courses to choose from to suit all levels of interest and the college has an outstanding reputation for the quality of tutor support and individual attention and a high rate of graduate success through both onsite and online learning. The exceptional interaction with industry contacts built up over many years ensures that course content is dynamic, environmentally aware and up to date and courses feature inspirational use of technology and wide use of digital software.

The Diploma Interior Design (which can be studied full time or via blended learning) Interior Design courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

The University of Brighton has long been established as a centre of excellence for art and design and KLC is very proud of the association.

These awards are clearly benchmarked against the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and the international recognition increases employment opportunities for KLC graduates worldwide.

KLC School of Design has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). KLC received the following judgements from QAA:

  • The team has confidence in the College's management of academic standards for which it is responsible
  • It has confidence in the College's management and enhancement of the quality of learning opportunities
  • Reliance can be placed on the accuracy and completeness of the information that the College is responsible for publishing about itself and the programmes it delivers.
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Diploma

Diploma Interior Design

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom London

The validated Diploma in Interior Design is an in depth, career orientated course designed to be accessible and inspirational with the emphasis on providing a sound practical knowledge of the subject combined with all the [+]

Next start date: 4 January 2016 - 18 November 2016 Fee: £24,500.00 inc VAT The validated Diploma Interior Design is an in depth, career orientated course designed to be accessible and inspirational with the emphasis on providing a sound practical knowledge of the subject combined with all the key skills needed for a career in the design profession. Emphasis is placed on developing the creative potential of every student and the course provides a life enhancing opportunity to combine creativity with a strong interest in interior design. There are two start dates for this course in January and September and an annual graduation ceremony for all students in July. QAA checks how UK universities, colleges and other providers maintain the standard of their higher education provision. The Diploma Interior Design is validated by the University of Brighton. The University of Brighton has long been established as a centre of excellence for art and design and KLC is very proud of the association. The carefully constructed modular programme is built around a series of challenging and varied design projects with extensive tutorial support in WiFi enabled studios. Students are gradually introduced to new skills and information and the project work provides regular opportunities to put these into practice in order to build up confidence and ability as the course progresses. These projects will form the basis of a graduate portfolio of increasingly ambitious project work to demonstrate professional competence and the capacity to translate and resolve the needs and aspirations of a client. Entry Requirements No previous art or design experience is necessary. Normally the entry standard is a degree, but mature students with sufficient prior learning experience are particularly encouraged. Students without a degree who have undertaken short term courses, internships or work experience are required to write a report on their participation in the course or workplace, and provide a reference from their tutor / employer. Any non degree holding students that are accepted onto this course will be required to complete the Diploma Preparatory Course. Numbers are strictly limited and the first step is to arrange an interview the purpose of which is to provide applicants an opportunity to visit the school and learn about the course in detail and for the interviewer to assess the applicant's academic ability, motivation, performance under pressure and the reason for undertaking the training. English language ability must also be competent and a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System or its equivalent is required. NOTE: The interview is the first step in the formal application process for KLC's career orientated courses. Before coming in applicants should check that they are able to study full time, have the funding available, are of sufficient age and have the required language ability. To arrange to come in and see the school or to set up an interview for this course, please contact Admissions on 020 7376 3377 or email. Computers Students are required to have a PC laptop computer for this course, and the Adobe Creative Suite. However, students are not required to buy the software until they start the course and, once enrolled, they will qualify for a student discount on the software. Computers will be used for producing presentational material, for CAD (computer aided design) and presentation software training, and general written work and important information is often communicated by email. For this reason, students should ensure that they are familiar with the general operation and use of computers (for example, they should be able to confidently create, amend, save and distribute documents, and use email) before starting their course. In order to create a consistent and more efficient learning experience for students, KLC has recently taken the decision to conduct all software training on our courses using the Windows based versions of the programs, therefore students on all courses must have a PC laptop running the Windows operating system. Full details of the expected level of ability will be provided at interview. Study Option: Diploma Interior Design - Blended Learning Next start date: 07 Sept 2015 - 07 Dec 2017 Places Available Fee: £15,750.00 inc VAT The Blended Learning course starts in January and September and combines the structured programme of an onsite course with the flexibility of studying from home. It also provides an opportunity to achieve KLC's prestigious validated Diploma qualification in just over two years and still manage part-time work and/or family commitments. Collaboration with fellow students is encouraged throughout the course and students meet with their class at KLC's studios and online on a regular basis throughout the seven terms. Each class graduates as a unit and, along with students from the full time Diploma courses, attend KLC's graduation ceremony which takes place each July. The carefully constructed modular programme is built around a series of challenging and varied design projects with extensive tutorial support. Students are gradually introduced to new skills and information and the project work provides regular opportunities to put these into practice in order to build up confidence and ability as the course progresses. These projects will form the basis of a graduate portfolio of increasingly ambitious project work to demonstrate professional competence and the capacity to translate and resolve the needs and aspirations of a client. Duration: 2 years (plus 1 term) through a combination of courses at the school and online learning (a minimum of 20-25 hours study at home per week on average) Entry Requirements QAA checks how UK universities, colleges and other providers maintain the standard of their higher education provision. The Diploma Interior Design is validated by the University of Brighton. The University of Brighton has long been established as a centre of excellence for art and design and KLC is very proud of the association. No previous art or design experience is necessary. Normally the entry standard is a degree, but mature students with sufficient prior learning experience are particularly encouraged. Students without a degree who have undertaken short-term courses, internships or work experience are required to write a report on their participation in the course or workplace, and provide a reference from their tutor / employer. Any non-degree holding students that are accepted onto this course will be required to complete the Diploma Preparatory Course. Numbers are strictly limited and the first step is to arrange an interview the purpose of which is to provide applicants an opportunity to visit the school and learn about the course in detail and for the interviewer to assess the applicant's academic ability, motivation, performance under pressure and the reasons for undertaking the training. English language ability must also be competent and a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System www.ielts.org or its equivalent is required. NOTE: The interview is the first step in the formal application process for KLC's career orientated courses. Before coming in applicants should check that they are able to study for up to 25 hours per week, have the funding available, are of sufficient age and have the required language ability. To arrange to come and see the school or to set up an interview for this course, please contact Admissions on 020 7376 3377 or email. Overseas applicants can arrange to have the interview by telephone although a follow up meeting prior to the course date and copies of relevant documentation will be required. Computers Students are required to have a PC laptop computer for this course (the minimum specification for computer equipment is regularly updated and is available from the Flexible Learning Department). CAD software is provided free of charge as part of the course materials, and optional tuition in Photoshop and InDesign is also included. In order to participate in Photoshop and InDesign training, students will need to download these software packages. It is usually possible to download a free trial of software for these sessions (as long as students have not previously taken advantage of a free trial) however, to support ongoing professional needs, many students choose to purchase the Adobe Creative Suite as it is available at a considerable discount once they have enrolled. Email is regularly used as a means of communication and because of the unique online support and teaching that is part of the Blended Learning course, students must have good everyday computer skills (for example, they should be able to confidently create, amend, save and distribute Microsoft Office documents and files, and use mouse or keyboard). For this reason, students must ensure that they are familiar with the general operation and use of computers before starting on the course. In order to create a consistent and more efficient learning experience for students, KLC has recently taken the decision to conduct all software training using the Windows based versions of the programs, therefore students on all courses must have a PC laptop running the Windows operating system. [-]

Foundation Year

Online Foundation Degree Interior Design

Online Full time 10 semesters August 2016 United Kingdom London

The Foundation Degree Interior Design provides the academic, practical and professional skills required for a career in the interior design profession. It is suitable for those wishing to undertake their first degree. [+]

Overview The Foundation Degree Interior Design provides the academic, practical and professional skills required for a career in the interior design profession. It is suitable for those wishing to undertake their first degree. Supported by a cutting edge IT platform and up to date teaching and learning methods, this exciting and innovative and carefully timetabled course provides students with all the support and structure of traditional onsite delivery. Each cohort will be broken down into small teams and great emphasis will be placed on developing the individual potential of every student. In addition to gaining technical knowledge and skills and developing an understanding of interior design methods and processes, the aim will also be to encourage students to adopt an analytical approach and to develop their critical skills. The way in which design histories and theories together with cultural, environmental and social context can influence and be applied to a given situation will also be explored. Projects Design projects are based on a variety of realistic residential and commercial spaces such as restaurants, bars, hotels, spas, retail and listed buildings. The resultant presentational material will form a comprehensive design portfolio including examples of all the skills which students have acquired during the course. To support their project work students will explore strategies for successful communication with clients through visual, written and spoken means. Possible progression route Successful graduates of the Online Foundation Interior Design can continue on to the BA (Hons) Interior Design, subject to a successful application. Entry requirements: Online application, including a creative exercise and spatial awareness test 5 GCSE’s at C or above An Art FdA or appropriate A Levels PC laptop with Adobe Creative Suite Commitment and enthusiasm for the subject Course includes: Residential & commercial design training Online lectures, seminars & discussions Comprehensive CAD training Access to the KLC Careers Service Alumni association membership Qualification Foundation Degree (FdA) Interior Design validated by University of Brighton Level 4, 120 credits Level 5, 120 credits Start Date: 18 January 2016 - 7 April 2019 Duration: Stage I – Level 4, 5 terms Stage II – Level 5, 5 terms Study Method: Structured online study, as a part of a class Price: £4,500 £500 deposit, followed by £4000 balance OR £500 deposit, followed by 18 direct debit instalments of £235 Student finance available [-]

Certificate

Certificate Interior Design

Campus Full time 11 weeks September 2016 United Kingdom London

This intensive course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and necessary skills required for entry into the interior design industry. [+]

Certificate Interior Design Qualification: KLC Certificate Interior Design Duration: 11 weeks Study Method: Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm; Approximately 15 hour’s homework per week Location: KLC Studios, Chelsea Harbour Dates: 11 January 2016 - 24 March 2016 Price: £8,600. Enrolment fee of £1,700, with remaining balance due 8 weeks before the course start date Visa: Visiting student visa Overview: This intensive course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and necessary skills required for entry into the interior design industry. The course is also an excellent foundation for further study and affords an ideal opportunity for anyone working within the industry who is seeking to further their career or broaden their understanding of the fundamentals of interior design. The certificate course introduces students to the essentials of good design and decoration with an emphasis on putting into practice knowledge learned through a series of workshops, course work, independent research and three residential design projects. Successful completion of the course, combined with appropriate work experience, should enable students to forge a professional career in the interior design industry. There may be opportunities to work within an interior design practice or in a showroom specialising in materials, finishes or furniture. After obtaining appropriate experience, graduates may opt to work as freelance or independent designers, operating on a project basis for residential buildings. Alternatively they may specialise in decorating show houses or flats for property developers. In recent years it has proved a popular option for architects wishing to focus on interiors. Other career options include interior styling, property refurbishment, or perhaps using skills acquired to enter into journalism. Entry requirements: Age 18+ IELTS score of 6.5 or above No previous art or design experience necessary Successful interview Course includes: Residential interior design training CAD SketchUp & Vectorworks training Equipment pack Careers service Alumni association membership Course Details The course introduces students to the methodology and process of design to include taking the client brief, design analysis and development through to design implementation and evaluation. A particularly inspirational part of the curriculum focuses on conceptual work and accessing creativity. Students are given an appreciation of how colour, texture and pattern work together and how to apply this knowledge with confidence to create attractive decorative schemes. In keeping with the practical KLC approach, emphasis is also placed on technical understanding to include spatial awareness and analysis with consideration for traffic flow, ergonomics, lighting and the specific requirements relating to kitchen and bathroom design. An appreciation of history of styles helps to inform students' own design work while sessions on environmental issues, design trends and inspirational talks from professional interior designers are similarly influential. Students also learn about the production of technical drawings, freehand sketches, rendered visuals and presentation boards to illustrate design decisions and decorative schemes and effective verbal presentation skills are also encouraged. In addition students are also given an overview of the legal and regulatory environment along with an understanding of the day to day administrative procedures involved in running a professional design practice. Students also learn basic CAD through SketchUp and Vectorworks and the production of technical drawings, freehand sketches, rendered visuals and presentation boards to illustrate design decisions and decorative schemes. The course is delivered full time over eleven weeks or part time, two days a week over three terms, each of ten weeks. The courses are based at KLC's studios at Chelsea Harbour and each day is from 10.00am-4.00pm although students also have to undertake a considerable amount of work outside these hours to complete assignments, course and project work and to undertake independent study. Illustrated talks by leading experts, projects and workshops under the guidance of practising professionals and visits to showrooms specialising in lighting and kitchen and bathroom design and to the V&A Museum are all included in the syllabus. Careers An excellent foundation for further study the KLC Certificate Interior Design also provides a broad range of career opportunities whether a graduate is building on existing industry experience or starting out in their career. There may be opportunities to work within an interior design practice or in a showroom specialising in materials, finishes or furniture. After obtaining appropriate experience, graduates may opt to work as freelance or independent designers, operating on a project basis for residential buildings. Alternatively they may specialise in decorating show houses or flats for property developers. In recent years it has proved a popular option for architects wishing to focus on interiors. Other career options include interior styling, property refurbishment, or perhaps using skills acquired to enter into journalism. Students on the course are eligible to join as a Friend of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), giving the opportunity to attend talks and networking events. On graduation, students can progress to a Provisional Associate Member. Whatever career path students choose to follow, career advice from the KLC careers team is available to help graduates make a successful transition from course to workplace. Through our active job register they can be kept informed of employment opportunities. [-]

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London, England, GB